Jack Steele has committed his future to the Saints after signing a two-year contract extension.
The emerging star signed a new deal this week that will see him in the tricolours until at least the end of 2022.
Steele is one of a number of exciting young Saints on the rise under Brett Ratten.
Originally deployed a “run-with” midfielder, the Canberra product has hit career-best form in 2020 as a genuine two-way player, leading the Saints after Round 14 for disposals, contested possessions, clearances, tackles and score involvements.
Head of List Management James Gallagher said securing Steele’s signature was a key priority for the club.
“We’re rapt that Jack has recommitted to the Saints,” Gallagher said.
“After finishing in the top 3 in both the 2018 and 2019 Trevor Barker Awards, Jack has elevated his game in 2020 to a very high level, which is just reward for the hard work, competitiveness and determination that we at the football club see from Jack on a daily basis.
“As pleasing as Jack’s performances in 2020 have been, his leadership and positive influence on his teammates have been equally as impressive. He’s an incredibly competitive footballer, and also a very popular, humble and well-respected player off the field.
“He has all the character attributes that we value at St Kilda, so we anticipate a great future for Jack, alongside the emerging group of younger players that have become the core of our senior team this year.
Steele has played 70 games for the Saints to bring his career tally to 87 since being drafted with pick No. 24 in the 2014 National Draft.